Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

    I have always been a huge fan of Mexican folk art created for Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead. This holiday is a celebration of the ancestors, a day for families to gather and clean the grave sites of the departed and to feast. Elaborate altars or ofrendas are […]

Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers

  There is so much more to ramen than the sodium laden noodles with dehydrated vegetable and seasoning packs.  Don’t get me wrong, those packets of Top Ramen got me through college, but my palate has since become more refined. Traditionally ramen noodles are served in a bowl of rich broth, with assorted accompaniments such […]

Fig and Cambozola Stuffed Pork Chops

  Fresh figs are easy to find right now in local markets.  California Mission, Brown Turkey, Kadota, Calimyrna and other varieties are sweet and juicy and ready to be devoured. I love figs, eaten in hand, made into a compote or as a sweet addition to a savory dish.  A sweet treat to serve over […]